Postdoctoral Research Associate
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR ROLE
I am a researcher in prostate cancer, trying to understand the molecular drivers of prostate cancer progression and treatment resistance. I have had an interesting journey so far. I am originally from a beautiful south Indian state, Kerala, where I grew up and did a PhD. After my PhD, I moved to USA in January 2012, to join as a postdoc in the University of Georgia (2 years) and later in Georgia Regents University (1.5 years). Then I moved back briefly to India. Later on I joined Queens University, Belfast in 2016 and worked there as a postdoc for a few years before moving to Oxford in Dec 2019. As a person who has worked in three different continents on varied research topics, I believe my experience, knowledge and skillset can be a useful asset in Medical Sciences.
WHAT IS THE MOST MEANINGFUL ASPECT OF YOUR WORK?
The most meaningful aspect of my research is that it is translational and will eventually help in the treatment of prostate cancer.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT SOMETHING YOU'VE DONE, CONTRIBUTED TO THAT YOU'RE MOST PROUD OF?
I am proud to have contributed to the better understanding of prostate cancer with the identification of new molecular drivers and druggable targets.
WHAT CHANGES WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO SEE IN THE MEDICAL SCIENCES IN THE NEXT 100 YEARS?
I would like to see many changes like advanced medical care and research in developing nations like India, advancement in stem cell therapy to cure diseases. I would like to see development of a panel of early predictable markers which could accurately predict those susceptible to aggressive forms of prostate cancer. I would also like to see environmentally sustainable research. I believe that reducing the environmental footprint that research labs leave behind is as critical as the outcome of the research.